Helmut Dietl

Helmut Dietl

Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Musik, Produzent
*22.06.1944 Bad Wiessee; †30.03.2015 München

Biography

After graduating from school, Helmut Dietl - who spend his childhood in Munich – served his military time as a paratrooper. Later, he studied dramatics and art history but never completed his degree. Afterwards, he worked as a production manager and became assistant director at the Munich Kammerspiele. Furthermore, he shot commercials, wrote screenplays for television series and achieved his first success as a director.

In 1975, he directed the TV series "Münchner Geschichten", starring Therese Giehse in her last role, followed by "Der ganz normale Wahnsinn" in 1978/79. Both productions introduced the main characteristics of his later works - astute satires that are almost invariably set in Munich and that sometimes succumb to the superficial appeal of their larger-than-life protagonists.

Alongside the producer Jürgen Dohme and the writer Patrick Süskind, Dietl achieved great fame through his 80s TV series "Monaco Franze" and "Kir Royal". While "Monaco Franze" revolved around a womanizer played by Helmut Fischer, the six-part series "Kir Royal", which won the Grimme Award, centered on a gossip reporter named Baby Schimmerlos (Franz Xaver Kroetz).

Dietl also obtained public and critical recognition with his feature film "Schtonk!" (1991/92), a satire exploring the affair of the bogus Adolf Hitler diaries. By means of an outstanding ensemble of actors as well as a clever screenplay, Dietl succeeded in exposing the vain media circus and Germany’s obsession with its Nazi past as narcissistic maladjustment of the establishment. His movie "Rossini oder die mörderische Frage, wer mit wem schlief" ("Rossini", 1996), which gives an insider's look into Munich's film scene, turned out to be another success at the box office. Critics, however, found fault with the lack of distance between the director and writer Dietl and his subject matter.

Dietl's third film "Late Show" (1998), produced by his own company, featured Harald Schmidt and Thomas Gottschalk in the leading roles. "Vom Suchen und Finden der Liebe" (2004, screenplay by Patrick Süskind) is a somewhat flat retelling of the story of Orpheus and Eurydike. The TV documentary "Ein Mann für jedes Alter" is an homage to Mario Adorf on occasion of his 70th birthday.

The beginning of 2012 saw the release of Dietl's next movie for the big screen: The satire "Zettl", a sort of sequel to "Kir Royal" but lacking Franz Xaver Kroetz, takes on Berlin's political in-crowd. The titular role of an artful arriviste was played by Michael Herbig.

Helmut Dietl, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013, died in Munich March 30, 2015.

Filmography

2010/2011 Hotel Lux
Story
 
2010/2011 Zettl
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2008 Ich habe den Film im Kopf - Günter Rohrbach
Participation
 
2004/2005 Vom Suchen und Finden der Liebe
Director, Screenplay, Story, Lyrics, Producer
 
2003/2004 Schatten der Zeit
Producer
 
2003 Die weiss-blaue Leichtigkeit des Seins
Participation
 
2002 Dream Dream Dream
Co-Producer
 
2000/2001 Wambo
Producer
 
2000 Bernd Eichinger. Wenn das Leben zum Kino wird
Participation
 
1999/2000 Ein Mann für jedes Alter
Participation
 
1998/1999 Jack's Baby
Producer
 
1998/1999 Late Show
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1996 Hollywood, Germany - Die amerikanische Herausforderung
Participation
 
1996 Rossini - oder die mörderische Frage, wer mit wem schlief
Director, Screenplay, Story, Producer
 
1991/1992 Schtonk!
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1984-1986 Kir Royal. 6. Karriere
Director, Screenplay
 
1984-1986 Kir Royal. 5. Königliche Hoheit
Director, Screenplay
 
1984-1986 Kir Royal. 4. Adieu Claire
Director, Screenplay
 
1984-1986 Kir Royal. 3. Das Volk sieht nichts
Director, Screenplay
 
1984-1986 Kir Royal. 2. Muttertag
Director, Screenplay
 
1984-1986 Kir Royal. 1. Wer reinkommt, ist drin
Director, Screenplay
 
1983 Monaco Franze - Der ewige Stenz
Director, Screenplay
 
1978/1979 Der Durchdreher
Director, Screenplay
 
1978-1980 Der ganz normale Wahnsinn
Director, Screenplay